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Performing and recording a range of rhythms from calypso, reggae, salsa, samba, Afro-Cuban, and African Diaspora music speaks to Perry’s extraordinary abilities and wealth of experience. His diverse musical and social experience have lead to his participation in tours and recording sessions with the traditional Klezmer and Yiddish performer, Yale Strom and his group, Klazzj.

In April of 2002 Gene traveled in the Andalucia area of Spain. This afforded him a glimpse of the Spanish culture that so influenced his beloved Puerto Rico. He also visited Morocco and performed with local musicians by playing the Dumbek, a traditional Arabic drum.

Gene has made musical contributions to the theatrical performances, Moon on the Rainbow Shawl, and The Colored Museum both directed by Floyd Gaffney of the University of California San Diego Department of Theatre. Also, Gene performed in Garc a Lorca’s classic tragic poem,Yerma, translated and directed by University of San Diego Theatre Arts faculty member, Evelyn D az Cruz, and reset in the Caribbean. In 2007, Gene performed in the Glasscord, the award winning play by Professor Diaz Cruz and directed by Claudio Raygoza.

In his support of the UCSD academic community, Gene participates in the African and African-American Studies Research Project (AAASRP) Regents Lecture Series, directed by UCSD Sociologist, Professor Bennetta Jules-Rosette. Professor Jules-Rosette promotes an ongoing research agenda of “Borders, Boundaries, and New Frontiers” through AAASRP's three-fold focus on research, instruction, and community outreach. Professor Jules-Rosette spearheads the spirit of cultural border crossing through the production of her Regents Lecture Series.

Gene’s participation includes various performances in which his music provides the correct ambiance to AAASRP events. As part of his collaboration with guest artists/Regents Lecturers, Gene has performed with the following international African Diaspora Artists, in concert forum as well as in various academic workshops.

Gene Perry and Afro Rumba” which ranges from a four-piece percussion band to a full ten-piece salsa, Latin Jazz and Afro-Caribbean band currently performs at private and public venues and community events. His itinerary includes performances as well as recording sessions with

  • Jaime Valle and Equinox in the albums Third Voyage and Vital Signs
  • Kamau Kenyatta
  • Fred Benedetti and George Svoboda, guitar duo, in their albums, Zephyr and Spanish Gardens
  • Joe Morello in his album Lady Caroline
  • Hollis Gentry, III and Neon
  • Yale Strom and his group, Klazzj, in the album, Wandering Jew
  • Turiya Mareya in her album The Art of Peace Latin Jazz Ensemble

As a Messenger of the heart of Afro-Caribbean rhythms and culture in the Southern California community, Gene Perry’s abilities grace any performance. Gene’s purpose is to share his music and culture with his audiences through his passionate “sentimiento”.

Biography derived from the article:

Worldclass Percussionist Befriends AAASRP
Story by Joana Straubinger
AAASRP Community Liaison
AASRP Elimu Newsletter
October 1998